Burning Man, Black Rock City, NV, USA, 2012
Now, being a virgin burner, going almost last minute, this may come as a little bit of a surprise, but I totally feel that I owned the desert and ‘get it’…well, enough to help out in a big way next time around, and in all future burns.
I was lucky to be offered a ticket, that came with a cool person to ride with, [-> See 3d Photo Below ->]
a camp close to the Esplanade, with a stage and lots of opportunity to use it, as well as veteran 10-13+ year burners to learn from.
NOTE: before I posted ANY of these photos, I emailed them all to email@example.com for prior approval. (THANK YOU Lee from BM for responding so promptly. And if I ever break the rules just let me know and I’ll remove whatever I need to!) So, in order to keep the integrity of the event, photos must pass certain restrictions…perhaps my photo in this outfit could be misinterpreted about my way of life. Who knew I let them give me ‘a burning man makeover before performing pantera and Metallica for a line up of people at our camp (TSUNAMI) for our Snow Cones and free makeovers along with a fashion show? I don’t care, but others might. We have to help keep the family growing in positivity here.
Here is my list, It was my first EVER burn (Virgin Burn, at Black Rock City, NV Burning Man 2012):
1) VOLUNTEER TO BE A GREETER ON YOUR FIRST DAY!
You won’t regret it. I got there Sunday night, and by Monday morning, we were out there greeting the new burners and making the ‘virgin burners’ roll around in the playa dust. I rolled with em!
I don’t have photos of the greeting part, because I didn’t spend this week taking pictures. Greeting was AWESOME and to be a virgin greeter was whacky, I got to roll in the dirt and hit the bell along with a crew of n00bs while making it all feel at home.
Here’s the first picture of us ever entering the playa for the 2012 Burning Man, Black Rock, NV Festival!
2) BRING MORE WATER THAN YOU NEED!
Why? because I found myself constantly giving others water who needed it more than I, thus having more will prevent the answer of ‘I Can’t Help You’.
And I love to help. Here i am helping you see in 3d. with an animated gif or a ‘wiggle gif’. yeah
3) BRING LESS CLOTHING THAN YOU THINK!
I didn’t wear half of the shit that I brought with me, but had to lug it all around, and was constantly looking through things that were in the way. All in all, it was great to have more than less, but I definitely needed no more than 4 different pairs of pants. Bring maybe 4 pairs of shorts to rotate through.
4) NEXT TIME I’ll be bringing several, perhaps 6-8 Camel Pak’s
That I will keep full of water back at the camp such that I won’t be always filling them up. It really really hurts the fingers after a while. In all seriousness, being a guitar nerd.
..for doing chores/loading/unloading.
Yes you will need to do some shit around your camp if you expect to live in a desert for the week. I never thought about this and my hands paid the price. Kudos to Mikey who had the forethought.
6) SOME TYPE OF PORTABLE PHONE / CAMERA CHARGER.
I was just at CES and was offered some free samples by a company that I never called back. I need to figure that out for next year. We’re talking chargers THAT DON’T PLUG INTO ANY POWER SUPPLIES BUT STORE POWER IN CAPACITORS, YOU DIG?
7) COMFORTABLE BIKE SEAT AND EASY TO USE BIKE LOCK.
There’s nothing more annoying then trying to make the lock fit into some strange configuration it won’t reach. Connect Two bike lock cables together if necessary! The bike seat will be a big part of this trip, at least until your bike is thrown off an art car accidentally and not replaced without your knowledge…it happens. people are anxious to get to their bikes, just use a community bike if that happens (apparently provided by the kind folks at Google Inc.?)
Sorry crunch. the bike is long gone. I will try to get it back for you. Universe, bring the bike back please? my friend John Draper (his name is ON the bike somewhere) let me borrow his mountain bike kindly and unfortunately i was on on art car that somehow had my bike stacked on top of someone else’s who took mine off and never put it back on before we left a stop… so its long gone.
I’ve been using the google bikes…
8) DON’T TRY TO BE THE MAN AND CHUG A HUGE BOTTLE OF WHISKEY ON THE SUNRISE ART CAR IN FRONT OF THE CROWD.
Sure I was cool for a few seconds in my own mind, as all the smart people looked on thinking that guy won’t go far today….then I tried to skateboard, it was fun for a while…. then whilst riding my bike back to the camp with ice, a beautiful German girl I met while biking told me I needed to go with her, so she took me to the EMT’s for a foot bath and saved me from getting heatstroke. Basically don’t drink too much in the desert sun, do some shots and enjoy the burn.
9) GET A JOB AT BURNING MAN?
Apparently several large companies (possibly Google, Inc. or FaceBook) have been known to recruit intelligent burners who get things done. Interesting.
Probably better HR Recruiting division at Google USA than there is at Google Canada, that said, I felt Google Canada’s interview process was amazing right up until I met the female president who did not like me and told me to get the hell out because I had no marketing education.
Really. I own a record label and have experience and a Comp Sci degree! hahah glad I leave Toronto half the time, but I really do love Canada. Come burn with my team…
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10) To RV or NOT to RV?
I’m a bit of a diva, but the deal is thus. Get a vehicle that you can go into and turn on A/C without worry of the battery failing. This could seriously mean the difference between life and death for some (if you don’t request help from others). Not trying to scare you, but ‘roughing it’ only goes so far. I loved that if I really needed to go #1 I could. but NEVER poop on the tour bus. Use the outhouses only for #2s. Trust me. Just like when on tour with a rock band, you do that stuff in the hotels and at restaurants.